A Breakdown of the Hidden CoreServices Folder in macOS

MakeUseOf | 3/13/2019 | Tim Chawaga
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If you’re a Mac user, you’re probably familiar with the Utilities folder nested in /Applications. You may not, however, be aware of another utility-filled folder hiding deeper in your system.

It’s called CoreServices, and it contains a lot of applications that you see all the time on your Mac, even though you never “open” them in the traditional sense. Among them are Siri, Finder, Games (yep, that still exists), Bluetooth Setup Assistant, and Weather all have to live somewhere, and that place is CoreServices. Let’s give it a proper look.

Do - CoreServices

Where Do You Find CoreServices?

CoreServices is in your extremely necessary, but underused, Library folder. The Library folder in turn lives inside your System folder.

Note - Library - Folder - Macintosh - HD

Note: This is not the Library folder in Macintosh HD, nor is it the Library folder in your Home folder. You can find it by going to Macintosh HD > System > Library > CoreServices.

Now that you’ve found the CoreServices folder, let’s look at some of the most useful apps that live in it. Note that most of these are stored in the Applications folder within CoreServices.

App - System - Information - Mac - Access

This app shows off basic system information about your Mac. You can also access it by going to Apple menu > About This Mac.

Overview gives a summary of hardware and software information, like model, processor speed, total memory, macOS version, and serial number. Additionally, the System Report button will open up System Information, which gives you a deep dive into the specs of your Mac.

Displays - Information - Built-in - Displays - Size

Displays provides information about the built-in and connected displays, such as their size and resolution.

Storage will tell you how much free space is available on your drives. Additionally, hitting the Manage button will bring up Storage Management.

Support - Service - Resources - User - Links

Support and Service has helpful resources such as the user manual and links to AppleCare.

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